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grand rail explorer

from $1,935 per person

Explore the scenic wonders of New Zealand from Queenstown to Auckland on board three iconic train journeys. Enjoy the breathtaking natural landscapes on the world famous TranzAlpine followed by the spectacular coastline with the Coastal Pacific before cruising the Cook Strait. Navigate the rugged terrain on the historic Northern Explorer as you make your way through the North Island to Auckland.


  • 12 nights of superior 4 star accommodation
  • 5 day car hire Queenstown to Greymouth
  • TranzAlpine Rail journey Greymouth to Christchurch
  • Coastal Pacific rail journey Christchurch to Picton
  • Interislander ferry from Picton to Wellington
  • Northern Explorer rail journey Wellington to Auckland

Travel Dates

30 May – 24 Sep 21(low)

25 Sep – 31 Oct 21 (high) $2395 per person


Blackout Dates

subject to availability

Book By

30 Sep 21

iconic rail journey

Travel the heart of New Zealand by train, car and ferry. This independent journey has been designed for you to see the most spectacular parts of New Zealand from the comfort of three iconic rail journey’s.

There’s a spectacular range of scenery waiting for you – rugged coastlines, winding rivers, towering mountains, and untouched alpine landscapes. Watch it all roll by in purpose-built scenic carriages with enormous panoramic windows, an on-board licensed café, and open-air viewing carriage.

The Great Journeys of New Zealand operates three unique train services across the North and South Island – the Northern Explorer, Coastal Pacific and TranzAlpine. Each journey offers a unique way to experience New Zealand.

We have arranged all your transport and accommodation so you can experience this breathtaking country with ease.